THE FAUNA LIFETIME CARE FUND
Established in 2007, the Fauna Lifetime Care Fund is our promise to the Fauna chimpanzees for a lifetime of the quality care they so deserve.
Caring for our chimpanzees in the way that we do costs approximately $16,425+ (without inflation and other rising expense) per year per chimpanzee (based on a current $45 per diem per chimp). The countless health issues from which they suffer as a result of the years they spent in research laboratories as well as their normal aging, demand expert staff, veterinary care, expensive medications, quality diets and special structures to make their remaining years as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible. Chimpanzees in sanctuary can live an estimated 45+ years. We work hard to try to help our chimps live as long and as healthy as they can. This takes not only our personal commitment but also the security of funding to be able to do so. To ensure the future well-being of those for whom we care, it will take an estimated $2.5 – 4 million dollars (without inflation and other rising expense) for the projected lifetime care of our current family of 11 chimpanzees.
The Lifetime Care Fund was established thanks to generous seed contributions by major donors who understand the importance of fiscal security. One such donor, a national US animal protection organization, has in its 100+ years of existence seen countless sanctuaries close and their animals out-placed because they simply could not afford to care for them any longer. We cannot and will not let that happen to Fauna. Following the initial infusion of funds, Fauna has embarked on a major fundraising campaign earmarked to raise $1,000,000 by November 2012 – the 15th anniversary of the chimps' arrival.
Because of the generosity and commitment of our donors, we are proud to announce that as of December 31, 2011, we have reached $521,810.33 -- making our goal in site! We have also committed to one more thing: in addition to providing for the lifetime care of Fauna's chimpanzees, should any funds remain after all the Fauna chimps have passed, any remaining funds will be used to provide for the relatives of our chimps and others like them who were rescued from the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP). A decade or so after the release of our chimps from LEMSIP, others now have the good fortune of being in sanctuary too. Donors to our Lifetime Care Fund can be assured that their donations will go only to providing care for chimpanzees into the perpetuity of any remaining funds.
While we can never give back what was taken from them, we can provide love, comfort, care, and a safe place to live. We cannot give them back their past, but we can give them their now, their future and their forever home. By contributing to the Lifetime Care Fund, you can be a part of the legacy of Fauna -- your donation a testimonial of your compassion and loving commitment to Annie, Pablo, Donna Rae, Pepper, Sue Ellen, Tom, Billy, Yoko, Jethro, Regis, Spock, Maya, Jeannie, Toby, Sophie, Petra, Rachel, Binky, and Chance.
There are lots of ways, large and small, by which you can help to make a positive difference in this world.
Some of these can include direct involvement with Fauna, but we also encourage you to look at the many ways you can foster change in your own life, at home, at your office, and in your community. In this manner you can participate in the mission of change that Fauna promotes.
Changing hearts, minds, and actions is what will help improve the world we all share.
These pages contain a starting point of ideas to consider when looking for ways to help our world and reduce the "footprint" or impact we have upon it. Follow any of these suggestions, or use them as a springboard from which to come up with more ideas of your own.
We'd love to hear of any innovative ideas you've come up with, please tell us and we might add them to this page for the benefit of all our community.
How can I help the chimpanzees?
Many folks have asked what they can collect for the Fauna Foundation
chimpanzees. Currently, we have need for the following items. We appreciate
your generousity and support!
Everyday items needed
At Fauna a wide variety of toys are given as enrichment. It is important that the toys be safe for the chimps to play with.
Some of the restrictions for toys:
- No glass
Mirrors that the chimps can have must be the plastic kind (not breakable).
No soft rubber, foam or plastic (such as plastic bags). Several of the chimps enjoy consuming soft*chewy* rubber.
If you are unsure of whether an item is safe or not, be sure to contact us and we will be happy to assist you with your gifting!
All items must be NEW.
Little Tykes toys
Plastic Sand Buckets
Jewelry and necklaces (bigger, colourful, plastic - no metal)
Musical instruments (hard plastic) - flutes, tamborines, etc.
Scrub brushes (no soft rubber handles, only hard plastic)
Plastic cups (strong, flexible)
OTHER ENRICHMENT :
Wooden Hair Brushes
Children's DVD movies
Material hair scrunchies (the ones used for pony tails)
Purses (Dollar store)
Scarves / gloves
SUPPLIES FOR MAKING ENRICHMENT:
Brown Jute string and penne for pasta necklaces
Balloons for making pinatas
Paper Dixie cups (small)
Stainless steel bowls (small)
Kitchen utensils (spoons, knives, serving spoons, etc.)
Pots and pans
Radios with strong speakers (2)
ITEMS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE MONKEYS:
Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Rock-A-Stack
Rubbermaid Microwave Heatables dish with multiple sections
Small Sippy Cups
Thank you so much!
Volunteers are a key element in the success of the Foundation. They work in various capacities on the fauna property, in the office, and in the chimphouse.
*** Please note that new volunteers do not have any contact with the primates.
Fauna Property Maintenance: On specified volunteer days throughout the spring, summer, and fall, a group of volunteers will assist staff in keeping up the Fauna grounds. Duties may include raking, painting, organizing and other tasks associated with working outdoors. Come enjoy fresh air and good company while volunteering on Fauna's beautiful 200 acre property.
Office work: Fauna's volunteer office workers help with data entry, office upkeep, and other administrative duties.
Chimphouse work: Volunteers are critical assets for making chimpanzee and monkey enrichment. Unfortunately, captivity presents animals with the same surroundings day after day. It is enrichment's job to enhance and improve the environment of captive animals so that it continues to change. Volunteers may do anything from filling cardboard boxes with treats, to preparing the weekly bins of toys for the chimps, to making Paper Mache piñatas. Weekly chimphouse volunteers participate in preparing enrichment, doing laundry, cleaning and organizing the building, as well as other activities as needed.
Contact us for further details on our volunteer program
Thank you for your support!